How Are You Coping With Drought?

Summer 2012 has been a sizzler for most of beef cow country. This week's online poll question is: How are you coping with drought?

You can select more than one answer. Feel free to also leave us a comment with your personal drought strategy below.

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Anonymous
on Aug 23, 2012

East TX was in this predicament last year. I reduced my herd by 30% and fed as there was absolutely NO pasture grass for several months. Imported pricey hay from out of state; fed some meal. It passed and herd did OK as the rains started last fall - now I have more grass than I can handle. But will not restock fully yet and will build up more hay reserve than in the past.

Anonymous
on Aug 17, 2012

weaning early and haying cows early

Anonymous
on Aug 15, 2012

Rented more pasture than I have in long time. Lots of patches some fence work getting to point where I need to buy more pairs. Hate to buy addtl coarse grains, keeping calves on cows as long as possible. All open cows will go as always, took a chance when pairs were super high this spring and sold low producers and wild deals may have been best decision made so far this year. Should have enough stalks lined up along w new pastures should not have to feed hay till Feb. (sure hope so hay supplies are scary low)

Anonymous
on Aug 13, 2012

MIG grazing, and waiting for the price to go up----

Anonymous
on Aug 12, 2012

preg check cows sell open buy feed

Anonymous
on Aug 10, 2012

moving herd every day to fresh padock that has had 30 days rest has goten me through last year and hopefuly this one.

Anonymous
on Aug 10, 2012

Agressive rotational grazing helps a lot.

Anonymous
on Aug 10, 2012

Taking calves up tp 3 weeks of age off their mothers placing them on to Holstiens nurse cow at 3 and or 4 per. By 70 to 80 days of age they are on full feed of Alfalfa, cracked corn and DDG. Older and cows with defects are sold the balance are turned out with the bulls on dry grasshopper infested pasture to produce another calf next year. I'm continuing to purchase bred and pairs placing them into the program. Calves are sold at 375 to 425 pounds. Obective is to maintain a cow herd for when the drought is over with a minum of investment in the cow.

Anonymous
on Aug 18, 2012

Hey! I want buy all of your calves now thru Halloween. Where are you and how do I reach you? sjbankshouse@hughes.net

Anonymous
on Aug 10, 2012

Preg check cows early and sell opens, mean ones and poor producers.

Anonymous
on Aug 10, 2012

Doing a little of everything, except buying feed!

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